Last year, Oprah Winfrey told The Hollywood Reporter's Awards Chatter podcast, "I will never run for public office." So, imagine her surprise when people rallied for her to run for President of the United States in 2020—all thanks to her empowering speech at the 2018 Golden Globes.
Lady Gaga and Meryl Streep have already offered their support. "It's up to the people," Winfrey's partner, Stedman Graham, told The Los Angeles Times. "She would absolutely do it."
But does Winfrey want to do it? Her best friend Gayle King discussed the possibilities on CBS This Morning Tuesday. "I do think that's interesting, because Stedman says he thought the reporter said to him, 'Would she make a good president?' And he said, 'Absolutely, she would.' That's how he interpreted the question. Because this is the thing: Stedman would never so cavalierly say, 'Absolutely, she would do it. It's up to the people.' He would never do it. I got e-mails from people yesterday that said, 'Is Stedman being strategic or is he being supportive?' He is nothing but supportive," she explained. "He would never just throw it out there like that."
To get some clarity, Norah O'Donnell re-read the quote Graham gave to the newspaper. "He did say, 'It is up to the people,'" King told her co-host. "But I'm telling you, his interpretation of the question was...He thought the reporter was saying, 'Would she be a good president?'" King then said she "absolutely" does not think Winfrey's "position has changed" since then. "I don't."